Autism Behavioral Studies Major
The autism behavioral studies program at Saint Joseph's University has a strong focus in behavioral analysis, health policy and more. Many students choose to learn from experts at the University's Kinney Center of Autism Education.
The traditional undergraduate programs include 40 courses distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas:
- Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
- Ethics Intensive, and
- Writing Intensive. Overlay requirements are part of the forty-course requirement.
General Education Signature Courses
See this page about Signature courses. Six courses
General Education Variable Courses
See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses
|Required Natural Science GEP course for the ABS major:||4|
|One Biology or Chemistry Course with Lab|
General Education Overlays
General Education Integrative Learning Component
See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses:
|PSY 101||Intro Psychology Seminar||3|
|MAT 118||Introduction to Statistics||3|
Students may choose to pursue the Community-Based Research/Advocacy track or the Board Certified Assistant Behavioral Analyst (BCaBA) track. If pursuing the BCaBA track, the coursework and fieldwork requirements prepare students to be eligible to sit for the BCaBA certifying exam.
This program leads to a professional licensure/certification. For additional information regarding professional certification requirements, please visit https://sites.sju.edu/online-education/disclosures/.
|ABA 100||Intro Autism Spectrum Disorder||3|
|ABA 200||Applied Behav Anlysis & Autism||3|
|ABA 201||Skill Assess & Instr ABA&ASD||3|
|HSC 331||Health Sciences Research||3|
|9 credits (at least two courses must be from the ABA/Special Education/Education Courses)|
|Resources& Advocacy for Autism|
|Senior Sem ABS Research|
|HSC 110||Intro Health Prof Practice||3|
|HSC 248||Health of School Aged Children||3|
|First Year Seminar|
|Philosophy of Mental Illness|
|Biological Bases of Behavior|
|Psychology of Emotion|
|Child Psychological Disorders|
|Soc/Emo Dev/Lrn: Erly Chld|
|Intro to Special Education|
|Ed Stds w/Emot-Social Beh Disb|
|Fam School & Comm:Diverse Soc|
|BCaBA Certification Track or Community-based research/advocacy track||12-16|
|ABA 300||Behav Assess & Interv ABA&ASD||4|
|ABA 301||Prof Ethics ABA & ASD||4|
|ABA 400||Appld Research: ABA & ASD||4|
|ABA 401||Behav Consult: ABA & ASD||4|
Learning Goals and Outcomes
Goal 1: Graduates of the Autism Behavioral Studies Program will know and understand the potential causes, symptoms and diagnostic criteria of autism spectrum disorders as well as the specific needs of individuals with autism across the lifespan and how they are treated.
Objective 1.1: Demonstrate knowledge of the current theories on the causes of autism spectrum disorders.
Objective 1.2: Demonstrate knowledge of the frequency, characteristics, symptoms, and diagnostic criteria of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Objective 1.3: Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of stereotypes, stigma, and discrimination of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
Goal 2: Graduates of the Autism Behavioral Studies Program will know and understand the unique and specific behavioral needs of individuals with autism as well as both medical and behavioral approaches to autism treatment and related issues.
Objective 2.1: Identify the behavioral needs of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders and demonstrate the current behavioral approaches to treating behavioral issues of individuals with autism using Applied Behavior Analysis and medically related therapeutic services.
Objective 2.2: Demonstrate the ability to communicate orally and in writing in the language of the discipline and particularly on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.
Goal 3: Graduates of the Autism Behavioral Studies Program will understand, follow and demonstrate the ethics guidelines and professional codes of conduct for working with individuals with autism.
Objective 3.1: Demonstrate the roles and responsibilities of behavior analysts, therapists, allied health professionals and related staff, and demonstrate understanding of ethics guidelines in working with individuals with autism.
Objective 3.2: Graduates will act as responsible citizens, embracing personal and career objectives that honor and serve individuals with autism and their families.
Goal 4: Graduates of the Autism Behavioral Studies Program will identify and understand the difficulties that families face in coping with autism and the impact of paying for autism-related services, as well as the social and economic impact on families and on society.
Objective 4.1: Identify the impact on parents, siblings, families, and friends of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and demonstrate how to best help these individuals cope with associated stress.
Objective 4.2: Identify the impact of political issues, including funding and approval of services, around autism spectrum disorders.
Goal 5: Graduates of the Autism Behavioral Studies Program will demonstrate how to collect behavioral data using Applied Behavior Analysis; to measure the progress of individuals with autism; to develop behavioral plans for individuals with autism; and/or to conduct research on individuals with autism or on related treatment plans.
Objective 5.1: Collect data on the progress of individuals with autism and develop behavioral plans; or collect data for the purpose of conducting research on a particular topic in the field of autism.
Objective 5.2: Identify and demonstrate methods to empirically assess and evaluate the progress of individuals with autism spectrum disorders for the purpose of developing intervention plans.